So just how evil is DRM?

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First off, I'm not at all interested in pirating music in she sense of copying a CD and giving it away or selling it. I'm quite happy to contribute to the efforts which produce the music, not least so that people can continue to afford to make music.

What I do object to is being asked to pay for low quality products which have limited use. If I were to buy a track from Itunes, I'd be able to play it on a PC, or generate a fairly low quality audio CD - but if I wanted to play it on a portable player, I'd need to buy an iPod. Just think about this for a minute... As soon as you've made a substantial investmant in buying 'music' from itunes, and you break your existing player - you might need to pay more to replace it with a new model which still plays all that old music

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At lease napster are honset about telling you that you are only renting music from them

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Article in The Inquirer about DRM

Who does DRM protect? The customers, the artists or the record companies and the hardware vendors?

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